Diagnosis is the process of finding out the underlying cause of a sign or symptom that you're having. In the case of cancer, you have a sign/symptom that may be caused by cancer. To confirm whether you have cancer or not, your doctor will ask that you complete a number of tests, and may refer you to see other doctors, specialists and health care professionals.
The diagnosis process may take some time and become frustrating, but it's important to find out the exact reason for your your signs/symptoms.
We understand that this is a stressful time for you and your loved ones. We've included a number of materials and links to help you navigate through this stage.
Suspicion of Cancer Diagnostic Assessment Program (SoC DAP) is a clinic where patients with a suspicion of cancer can be supported with further testing to rule out or to confirm if they have cancer. The clinic will coordinate testing, care, and referrals needed to follow-up on the suspicion of cancer.
Cancer Support Resources for the Newly Diagnosed directory.
Canadian Cancer Society Information Services (1-888-939-3333) has information specialists who can help explain your cancer diagnosis, treatment and side effects, connect you with someone with a similar cancer experience, or simply be a kind listening ear for you.
For information for all cancer types, visit Canadian Cancer Society's website at www.cancer.ca, or call 1-888-939-3333.
National Cancer Institute Prognosis Resources
Lung Cancer Diagnosis Pathway for Patients.pdf
Fallopian and Primary Peritoneal Cancer